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Thursday, February 24, 2011

PlayOn App Brings Hulu and Netflix To Android

Posted by Karey Westfall in "Android Software" @ 06:30 AM

"Hulu, Netflix Instant Queue*, Comedy Central,*, CNN, CBS, ESPN, ESPN3,, SpikeTV, The Ultimate Fighter, Amazon VOD, TBS, BET, Adult Swim, Oprah Winfrey Network, Nick, PBS, PBS Kids, MTV, Vevo, and many more. Now you can watch the online content from all of these channels on your Android Phone."

The PlayOn application lets Android 2.2 and up users watch your favorite channels via your mobile device. It includes Netlix, Hulu, Adult Swim, and other popular channels. The app allows for connection by 3G or Wi-Fi as long as you have the PlayOn Media Server running on your PC. The app is free to download, but there is a subscription fee for the Media Server plus certain channels require an additional subscription fee. If unsure whether you want to pay for the server or not, there is a 14 day free trial to help you make up your mind. But for some Android users unable to support channels on their own, it may be well worth the fee!

Saturday, February 19, 2011

2011 At Bat Now Includes Streaming Video For Android

Posted by Karey Westfall in "Android Software" @ 07:30 AM

"Spring training may not start for another month, but for baseball fans eager to follow their favorite teams on nearly every connected device, the season has officially begun."

The 2011 At Bat application for Android will include broadcasts of live games for the new baseball season. So instead of just listening to the game, you can watch the game as well. But the bad news is that it will cost you the hefty price of $99.99 to $119.95 for the license for the season plus possibly buying the app for $14.99. But include with the license is the ability to watch games on other compatible devices. The app will be available once spring training starts, which isn't that far away!

Friday, February 18, 2011

Map It With MapQuest

Posted by Karey Westfall in "Android Software" @ 09:00 AM

MapQuest has developed a version of it's popular navigation tool for Android with turn by turn directions and voice capabilities. The voice search and voice guided directions make this navigation app hands free. Plus, it has places of interest buttons conveniently located at the bottom of the screen for quick look up of gas stations, restaurants, shopping and more. Perfect for finding a nearby gas station to thwart those mid-trip munchies!

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Dolphin Browser is Coming to Android Tablets

Posted by Craig Horlacher in "Android Software" @ 08:30 AM

"Today, one of our favorite Android apps -- Dolphin -- launched a private beta for its new tablet version.Called Dolphin Browser for Pad, the big brother of Dolphin HD looks to be every bit as customizable and packs a similar array of kicked-up browser functionality."

I've been impressed by the speed of Dolphin HD and I think the interface is great. They also have an innovative and customizable gesture control implementation that could really improve your browsing experience. As good as the phone version is, I'm sure Dolphin for Pad will be excellent. It's great to see there will be another browser option for Android based tablets! What's your favorite Dolphin feature you'd like to see on the tablet version?

Saturday, February 12, 2011

New 3D Sci-Fi MMO Game Coming to Android

Posted by Craig Horlacher in "Android Software" @ 09:00 AM

"Blackstar tells the story of 41st century conflict between the ruthless Scorn, a race endowed with arcane powers granted by alien gods; the Riven, necro-cyborg beings allied with the Scorn; the futuristic humans of the United Colonies Defense Force, and their robotic allies known as the Mode."

Spacetime Studios' has developed what looks like a visually stunning and immersive MMO for mobile devices. Due out the second quarter of this year Blackstar will run on Android and iOS devices. Some of the features include three customizable character classes, thousands of items, social tools, and world-wide, multi-player, open-world game play. I'm not much of an MMO player but this does look like an amazing 3D Sci-Fi game. I just may have to try it out! Make sure you go to the Blackstar website for more information and to check out the other screen shots in the gallery. Is this a game you'll be watching for release of?

Monday, February 7, 2011

Hidden Messages, Walkie-Talkie Communications, and Video Calling On Your Android Phone With These Apps

Posted by Craig Horlacher in "Android Software" @ 08:30 PM

"It’s called StegDroid, and it sends a hidden message along with an audio recording to anyone else using the app. It might sound like a harmless voicemail, but contained is a message that is for your eyes only."

"What do you get when you put voicemail, phone calls, and text messages into an Android App blender? You get HeyTell for Android, which will turn your smartphone into a Walkie Talkie!"

Android phones can truly cover all your communication needs. Here are some apps to help you out. First, if you ever have the need to send secure messages and want them to look like they're not of a sensitive nature now you can. StegDroid will let you record an Ogg Vorbis audio file and hide your message inside it. Just have the person on the other end open the Ogg file using StegDroid and they'll be able to decode your message.

Any ex-Nextel people out there? Do you use those 2 or 5 mile range walkie-talkies to stay in touch with family in other vehicles on a long trip? Take a look at HeyTell. It's an app that gives you instant walkie-talkie communications with another HeyTell user.

Last but not least is Tango. Tango is a free video calling app. It's simple to set up and you can even use it for Android to iPhone calling. Oh yeah, it doesn't require WiFi;)

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Google Does Check-ins with Latitude and Maps

Posted by Craig Horlacher in "Android Software" @ 08:00 AM

"You can still use Latitude to automatically update and share your location, but check-ins let you add context to the location—like captions to a photo. For example, I live in San Francisco but often travel around the world. Until today, sharing my location let friends and family know if I was across the globe or in their neighborhood. Now, check-ins let them see the cool restaurant I’m trying in Taipei or join me for a latte at the cafe nearby."

It looks like Foursquare has some competition. Now you can check in to places with Latitude. It even supports automatic check-ins if you want to enable that feature and it will check-out automatically as well. You'll need to update to Maps 5.1.0 first. I'm trying to update Google Maps now and the download stops before it really starts. Are you a Foursquare user? If so how does this compare? If you use Latitude will you use the new check-in features?

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

New Goggles Version Takes on Puzzles

Posted by Craig Horlacher in "Android Software" @ 07:00 AM

"The new Goggles 1.3 client for Android can scan barcodes almost instantly. All versions of Goggles can now recognize print ads in popular magazines and newspapers. Finally, Goggles has also learned a fun new trick for Sudoku fans."

Google released a new version of Google Goggles and has added some very cool new features. It can now recognize all mainstream print ads since August 2010 and solve Sudoku puzzles! Apparently it's faster too which is always a nice touch. I had to test the Sudoku solving so I went to Google Goggles managed to conquer an "evil" difficulty puzzle in about 3 seconds on my Droid X. It's even cool to watch it populate the empty boxes:) Google Goggles is a tool I've had on my phone for a long time that I know I don't use enough. I often forget how much it can do, like translation and business card scanning. What's the coolest thing you've used it for? Have you tried any national monuments or things you really didn't expect it to recognize?

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

HSTi Delivers the Wireless Media Stick 2.0 and Mobile App At CES

Posted by Karey Westfall in "Android Slates/Tablets & Accessories" @ 06:00 AM

"HSTi announces the Wireless Media Stick, a game changing accessory that sets Android-based phones apart from their competition, and will change the way people enjoy media files like movies, home videos, music and photos. Exclusively at the CES 2011, HSTi will unveil the Wireless Media Stick Android mobile App that allows the Wireless Media Stick to now stream your stored movies, videos, music, and photos, from any Android-based Smart Phone and Tablet, to your favourite media player without interrupting the use or functionality of the phone."

HSTi has released a new Wireless Media Stick 2.0 that allows you to connect your Android phone or tablet to other media players through wireless connections. And at the end of January, HSTi will release a mobile app for the Wireless Media Stick which will allow you to use it without limiting your device's function while connected to other electronics. Combine that with portability and ease of usage, and you have one powerful little wireless connector! To order, click here.

Xmarks Released for Dolphin HD

Posted by Craig Horlacher in "Android Software" @ 04:30 AM

If you use the Dolphin HD browser you may want to check this Add-On out! Xmarks for Dolphin HD synchronizes your Dolphin HD bookmarks with your desktop IE, Firefox, Chrome, and Safari (Mac OS) browsers. You get a free two week trial and after that it's $12 a year. This sounds like a useful plug in. I use Chrome-to-Phone to send some URL's to my Android phone once in a while so I can see times it would be nice to have all bookmarks synced all the time. Then again, I'm not sure I'd pay $12 a year for that. Is this a service you would pay for? Does $12 a year seem fair? That yearly fee does get you extra features on the desktop browsers like backup and restore as well as open tab sync.

Friday, December 31, 2010

Video Demos Coming to the Android Market

Posted by Craig Horlacher in "Android Software" @ 09:00 AM

"Right now, there are about 2,000 apps with newly-added videos in the Market but they aren't being displayed just yet. They're also available via the Market API, so some sites like Appsfire have already begun integrating the video demos into their own listings via the Market API."

Video demos will be a great addition to the Market. Especially since return time was shortened to 15 minutes. While I don't think this is a replacement for a longer return time this should help reduce the returns needed. Have you bought an app lately that you returned or wished you would have? Would a video have been enough to keep you from wasting time and/or money?

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Foursquare for Android Does Comments, Photos, & Widgets

Posted by Craig Horlacher in "Android Software" @ 08:00 AM

"Foursquare got a pretty big update for the iPhone earlier in the week, but no body puts Android in the corner! Foursquare has added photos and comments to its Android app, just like the iPhone update, giving you the option of attaching a picture to your check-ins and commenting on others. Check-in history has also made the cut, so you can see where you've been complete with comments and photos."

They've also added widgets so you can check-in or view others check-ins without launching the app. One of my favorite features of the Android OS is the widget. I'm always glad to see developers utilize this valuable tool. If you're a Foursquare user this is an update you'll probably want whether you like widgets or not!

Sunday, December 19, 2010

PlayStation App Coming Soon To Android

Posted by Karey Westfall in "Android Software" @ 02:00 AM

"I'm very happy to finally be able to announce on the PlayStation.Blog that we will launch the Official PlayStation App very soon. The app will be available to download for iPhone and iPod Touch with OS 4 and above, and most Android compatible handsets with a minimum of OS 1.6."

PlayStation will soon be releasing an App for Android which will allow you to share news and products with your Facebook and Twitter friends, as well as track your trophies and friends' online status. Might be a handy little app to have if you are serious about your PlayStation gaming.

Friday, October 8, 2010

Get Your (Mobile) Hoot on for Free on October 13

Posted by Jon Westfall in "Android Software" @ 10:30 AM

"Mobile HootSuite fans will enjoy an added bonus next week - as of noon PST on October 13, the full version of HootSuite for iPhone and HootSuite for Android will be absolutely FREE to download. We also have a bundle of other mobile news to announce for all the high-flying mobile owls in the coming weeks."

I'm a big fan of HootSuite on the desktop, and bought their mobile app a few months ago. Now it looks like they've decided to remove the small stumbling block of a price to their mobile suite on - October 13, next Wednesday. So if you're a "night owl", go ahead and mark your calendars for Free HootSuite Mobile day for Android (And yes, perhaps iOS too...)

Tags: free, app, hootsuite

Monday, October 4, 2010

Is Your Android Phone Tainted?

Posted by David Tucker in "Android Software" @ 05:30 AM

"Many apps beam usage information-some of it enough to personally identify your phone-to marketers, behind your back. Programmers at Penn State cooked up TaintDroid (ew) to reveal the offenders and help you protect yourself from prying data miners."

I certainly don't have a problem if an app tells me upfront that they'll be accessing certain data for marketing. There is a line I think we all have as far as what is too much but I don't mind the collection of basic demographic information. If the app has built in ads, I suspect that is what the data is needed for: to drive those.

Then there's the other apps out there. The ones that break your trust and don't inform you of the data you're giving up. I think I'm going to install this and see if there are any apps on my phone that are collecting data without my permission. If there are, it may be time to clean my phone up a bit.

I disagree with Engadget though...I like the name!

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